Kimberly D. Russo

Chief Executive Officer


Kimberly Russo, MS was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the George Washington University Hospital in May 2016.

Before being named CEO, Ms. Russo served as Chief Operating Officer for the hospital since April 2009.  Prior to that, she was Associate Administrator at the hospital since August 2006, and was previously Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services. She holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, through a collaborative leadership program with Gallup, a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University.
Ms. Russo is a healthcare executive with 20 years of clinical and operational experience, and has a proven track record of exceptional results. Ms. Russo was recognized as one of The Washington Business Journal's 2016 "Playmakers," a list of business leaders who made an impact on the DC area in 2016. The Washington Business Journal also named her an honoree of "Women Who Mean Business" in 2010. In addition, in 2010, she was recognized as an “Up and Comer Under 40” by Modern Healthcare and Becker's Hospital Review.

Nicole Dollison

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole Dollison, COO

Nicole Dollison was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) in January 2017. Prior to joining GW Hospital, Dollison served as COO at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Florida. In that role, she led the acquisition of a diagnostic center; assisted with the development of one of the largest structural heart programs in Florida; developed a comprehensive breast program; created an observation unit; and contributed to a successful application for chest pain accreditation, stroke accreditation and CAP certification.

Prior to joining Manatee Memorial Hospital, Dollison served as the Vice President of Operations at Alegent Creighton Health, an 11-hospital health system with 2,000 licensed beds in two states. Dollison’s more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience also includes roles overseeing departments of surgery and medicine, as well as serving as an Executive Director for Beverly Healthcare, an organization operating 400 nursing facilities, assisted living centers and hospice.

She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and holds a Masters of Public Health Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

George Sprinkel

Chief Financial Officer


George Sprinkel joined the George Washington University Hospital as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in October 2015.

George has more than 15 years of hospital CFO experience. Prior to joining GW Hospital, he was the CFO at Gateway Medical Center in Tennessee, a 270-bed acute care hospital. In addition, he has held CFO positions at several other hospitals, including Baptist Health Care in Florida, Mercy Regional Medical Center in Colorado, and New Hanover Health Network in North Carolina.

George is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also previously served as a board member of Medicaid Access III of North Carolina and as a Chairman for the Coastal Carolina Health Alliance Finance Committee. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Bruno Petinaux

Chief Medical Officer

Bruno Petinaux, MD, was appointed Chief Medical Officer at The George Washington University Hospital in June 2017. Prior to his official appointment, he served as Interim


Chief Medical Officer for a year, during which he led the development and execution of many safety and quality initiatives.

In addition to his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Petinaux is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has been an emergency medicine physician at GW Hospital since 2002. Dr. Petinaux co-chairs GW Hospital’s Emergency Management Program and is the Emergency Management Track Director for the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Along with his work at GW, Dr. Petinaux supports our community as a medical team manager for the Virginia Task Force 1/USA 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Dr. Petinaux completed his emergency medicine residency at GW Hospital where he finished as chief resident. Along with his medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College from the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA, Dr. Petinaux has a military background with the United States Army Reserve.

Johnny Veal

Chief Nursing Officer


Johnny Veal, RN, MSN, was appointed Chief Nursing Officer at the George Washington University Hospital in March 2016.

Prior to that, Veal served as the hospital's Director of Critical Care and Nursing Administration. Johnny has more than 25 years of nursing administration experience with the majority of his career focused in adult critical care and cardiovascular services. He has held numerous nursing leadership positions, including serving as Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer within the Wake Forest Baptist Health system in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for three years.

In addition to being professional published, Veal is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association. He holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Arlington.

Joseph Hwang

Assistant Administrator


Joseph Hwang joined the George Washington University Hospital as an Assistant Administrator in June 2016. Prior to joining GW Hospital, Hwang served an Assistant Administrator at Manatee Memorial Hospital, another Universal Health Services (UHS) facility, in Florida since July 2014.

Before joining UHS, Hwang was an administrative fellow for two years at Lehigh Valley Health Network which includes five campuses and fifteen health centers. He also completed his administrative residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Hwang is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He holds a Master of Health Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Biology from New York Institute of Technology where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

Wesley Taylor

Assistant Administrator


Wesley Taylor joined the George Washington University Hospital in July 2016 as an Assistant Administrator. Taylor joined GW Hospital from another Universal Health Services (UHS) facility, most recently serving as an Assistant Administrator at Southwest Healthcare in California since June 2014.

Prior to joining UHS, Taylor worked at Penn Medicine, serving as the Transplant Business Development and Operations Manager at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, an 814 bed academic medical center and Level I trauma center. He also worked for two years as an administrative fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Health System which includes four acute care hospitals, totaling more than 1,900 beds.

Taylor holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Brigham Young University, Marriot School of Management.